While undocumented immigration is certainly a popular topic among certain policymakers in Washington, it can also get attention at the state level. Kentucky’s first Latino member of the general assembly and a newly elected House representative have interest in the issue.
Senator Ralph Alvarado says undocumented immigrants, many working seasonal jobs, would be well served by an expanded work visa program and it could mean additional tax revenues for Kentucky. Alvarado has discussed President Donald Trump’s border wall idea with him directly. “I’ve had a chance to sit on President Trump’s Hispanic advisory council before he got elected into office and I sat with him in Trump tower with 22 other Latinos and when this topic came up, our response was, you want to put up a wall fine. But, make sure you put a big gate on that wall,” said Alvarado.
Alvarado, a Winchester doctor, believes immigrant children not born in the U.S., should be eligible for amnesty and citizenship.
First-term Representative Nima Kulkarni is an immigration attorney. While agreeing private funds and groups working to improve housing and infrastructure in countries south of the border are beneficial, they’re not likely to be expansive enough to stem the flow of those seeking asylum. “Piecemeal you’re not going to necessarily see a sea change in the way that government functions or any of those governments functions. And you have to remember the problem in drug-related crime and poverty,” noted Kulkarni
Kulkarni says many women and children in countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador are fleeing violence.
By STU JOHNSON for 88.9 WEKU
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